I was playing around a little with ThinkFree Online over the weekend. It handle quite well the matrix math methods I use to generate many of my business analysis spreadsheets. Methods that I’ve tried in Google Docs but haven’t been able to get work. Equations like {sum((A1:A10<=10)*(A1:A10>0)*B1:B10)} and LOOKUPs. I don’t use pivot tables so I didn’t try those.

Worth a look if you need something online, they even have a self-hosted server version that runs on tomcat.


  1. Richard Parry Said,

    August 6, 2007 @ 11:38 am

    The thing I dislike about Google Docs is that I’m pretty sure google will be keeping a copy of my stuff somewhere. I don’t want to give some advertising company my IP – so generally prefer to do it elsewhere.

    This idea of online editors is a good one though, and if there’s a convenient way of getting a browser-based editor anywhere that’d be nice. In many ways it’d be cool if a system could be online but save the stuff locally – I dunno. Half formed thoughts at best at this point.

  2. stateless Said,

    August 6, 2007 @ 11:41 am

    That’s the idea with the ThinkFree self-hosted server. Of course that means you need to run a tomcat server. Personally I think that if I don’t have a handy copy of openoffice, RDP is as good as a web-based editor, but then I have the resources to do that.

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